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History > 20th century > Cold War > USA > Vietnam war (1962-1975) > Fall of Saigon    1975

 

 

 

South Vietnamese fled Saigon in April 1975

with the help of the American military,

as Communist forces from the north

entered the city.

 

Dirck Halstead/Getty Images

 

Our Vietnam War Never Ended

By VIET THANH NGUYEN        NYT        APRIL 24, 2015

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/26/opinion/sunday/our-vietnam-war-never-ended.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall of Saigon [ now Ho Chi Minh City ]        U.S. evacuation of Saigon        1975

 

South Vietnamese

president Duong Van Minh

delivers an unconditional

surrender to the Communists

in the early hours of April 30.

 

North Vietnamese

colonel Bui Tin

accepts the surrender

and assures Minh,

"...only the Americans

have been beaten.

If you are patriots,

consider this

a moment of joy."

 

As the few remaining Americans

evacuate Saigon,

the last two U.S. servicemen

to die in Vietnam

are killed

when their helicopter crashes.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/vietnam/timeline/tl3.html

 

 

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/vietnam/timeline/tl3.html

http://ww.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1073345

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4625940

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4624802

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/716609.stm

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2015/04/29/
lessons-40-years-after-the-fall-of-saigon

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/27/arts/television/
vietnam-is-focus-of-tv-programs-during-fall-of-saigon-anniversary.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/26/
opinion/sunday/our-vietnam-war-never-ended.html

http://www.theguardian.com/news/2015/apr/21/
40-years-on-from-fall-of-saigon-witnessing-end-of-vietnam-war

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/07/world/asia/
thomas-polgar-cia-officer-dies-at-91-helped-lead-us-evacuation-of-saigon.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/05/movies/last-days-in-vietnam-looks-at-fall-of-saigon.html

http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/30/on-this-day-in-history-the-fall-of-saigon/

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0430.html#articl

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/24/newsid_2503000/2503771.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/30/newsid_2498000/2498441.stm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operation Babylift

 

In the days

before the fall of Saigon

on April 30, 1975,

Vietnamese children

were taken out of the country

and flown to the U.S.

 

Some were the children

of U.S. service members

and some were orphans.

 

But there were others

that may have had parents

who were still alive,

so the program was controversial.

http://www.npr.org/2015/04/28/402562381/two-days-before-operation-babylift-57-children-were-evacuated-to-the-u-s

 

 

http://www.npr.org/2015/04/28/
402562381/two-days-before-operation-babylift-57-children-were-evacuated-to-the-u-s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vietnam's President Thieu resigns        21 April 1975

 

The President of South Vietnam

is forced to resign

accusing the United States

of betrayal.

 

In a TV and radio address,

outgoing President Nguyen Van Thieu

said his forces had failed

to stop the advance of the Vietcong

because of lack of funds

promised to him by the Americans.

 

In a scathing attack on the US,

he suggested US Secretary of State

Dr Henry Kissinger

had tricked him into signing

the Paris peace agreement two years ago,

promising military aid

which then failed to materialise.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/21/newsid_2935000/2935347.stm

 

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/21/newsid_2935000/2935347.stm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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